H. David Barringer

July 11, 1928 ‒ April 02, 2008

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: H. David Barringer, 79, of Mansfield, died Wednesday morning April 2, 2008 in Woodlawn Health Care & Rehabilitation following a long illness.

He was born July 11, 1928 in Marion to Hal E. and Alice (High) Barringer and was graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1946.

From 1950 to 1952 he served with the U.S. Army’s 39th Infantry Regiment with service in Japan during the Korean War.

Following his military duty, he returned to college to earn his Bachelor of Science degree from Heidelberg College in 1954, and was a member of the Heidelberg Alumni Association.

After taking a position with the Social Security Administration in Newark, David accepted a transfer and moved his family to Mansfield in 1961. David made significant contributions to the recipients of Social Security in the three county district of Richland, Ashland, and Crawford Counties. He genuinely went out of his way to see that people received benefits ~ to the point of making after hours house calls on low income recipients.

David’s hardworking work ethic, along with his thoughtful sincerity, integrity and honesty resulted in numerous awards and commendations with the Social Security Administration. He authored newspaper columns and hosted radio call-in shows featuring a question & answer format to better serve the public. He retired from Social Security in 1986 as Field Representative for the Mansfield district office with 30 years of service.

Not one for idleness, David worked part-time with the R.G. Beer Company and volunteered numerous years with the Renaissance Theater.

He was a member of First Congregational Church.

David enjoyed reading…histories and biographies for the most part, and his taste in music was all about the Big Bands. He dabbled in photography and enjoyed live theater, both musical and drama, enough to take theater tours to London.

David had a wonderfully dry sense of humor, and a personality characterized by integrity.

He is survived by his wife Betty (Ewing) Barringer, whom he married May 29, 1958; their son John D. Barringer of Columbus; their daughter and son-in-law Susan & Shawn Hyde of Grandview Heights; and grandchildren Caitlin Hyde and Christopher Hyde.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 4, 2008 from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home), where the funeral service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. The Rev. Tony Minear will officiate. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the National Parkinson’s Disease Association may be made at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the Barringer Family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com